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High school baseball: Dale's Evan Anderson hasn't rested much before state tournament

The pitcher/first baseman played for Team Oklahoma last weekend in the Oakley All-American Battle of the Borders in Grand Prairie, Texas.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 3, 2012
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photo - Winning Dale pitcher Evan Anderson during action in the Class 2A state high school baseball championship game  at Shawnee High School's Memorial Park. on Saturday,,  May 12, 2012.  Dale shut out the Silo Rebels, 11-0 after 6 innings.       Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Winning Dale pitcher Evan Anderson during action in the Class 2A state high school baseball championship game at Shawnee High School's Memorial Park. on Saturday,, May 12, 2012. Dale shut out the Silo Rebels, 11-0 after 6 innings. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“I'm just trying to keep it simple right now on the mound,” Anderson said. “I haven't made any big changes since the spring.”

Anderson didn't make any major adjustments at the plate, either, although a lineup switch did plenty to change Anderson's season.

After hitting in the middle of the order during the Pirates' 2011 fall and 2012 spring championship runs, Anderson moved into the leadoff spot this season.

As a result, Anderson's RBI total was down, but he has scored more runs this year.

“I don't get to hit with runners in scoring position much at all now,” Anderson said. “But I think I'm seeing better pitches there. If they pitch around me, for sure one run's going to score if not more. It makes them come after you.”

The Ole Miss commit is likely to be drafted as a pitcher after the spring season, but Anderson said he's trying not to concern himself with that too much right now.

“I've talked to some scouts a bit, but I'm not going to worry about that right now,” Anderson said. “I'm just trying to finish my senior season and win a couple more titles.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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